Certainly one of India’s heroes within the Check sequence win in Australia, Cheteshwar Pujara opened up on his batting strategy within the tour, particularly on the ultimate day of the final Check in Brisbane. Pujara made his slowest half-century and took loads of blows on his physique however stood like a rock to disclaim Australia an opportunity at a victory. India emerged victorious, sealing the sequence 2-1.
Pujara was criticised by many specialists at numerous phases of the sequence for his gradual batting, however the batsman revealed he was by no means unsure because the coach and captain backed him.
“Each (Ajinkya Rahane and Ravi Shastri) backed me fully,” he advised Occasions of India.”There was not a single time once they requested me to play quicker. They at all times advised me – you play your pure recreation, do not suppose or fear about something.”
Pujara, in an interview to Sports activities At the moment, opened up on his strategy towards Nathan Lyon. He mentioned he caught to the gameplan he shaped with then coach Anil Kumble in 2017 when Australia toured India.
“I trusted my preparation however on the similar time, there was loads of strain which did not assist. So I advised myself that I’ve to do one thing,” he mentioned.
“There have been so many issues which I needed to course of in my head, which I did. I spoke to the batting coach, spoke to Ravi bhai (Shastri). A lot of the suggestions that I received was constructive, I used to be batting effectively and simply needed to proceed the way in which I had been batting with none baggage in my head.
“I additionally received a textual content from Anil bhai (Kumble) as a result of I used to be in contact with him. He advised me ‘you need to play in a sure method’. The gameplan which he advised me in 2017 has been serving to me play effectively towards Nathan Lyon.”
Pujara mentioned he prefers taking part in with a crimson ball over day-night Checks.
“I would like to play with the crimson ball if given the selection as a result of it is a totally different ball recreation all collectively as a batter it’s essential to have a distinct technique. Sure, pink-ball is a distinct ball recreation. Though it is the identical format, I really feel it is a totally different ball recreation. So given a selection, I’ll desire to play with a crimson ball,” he mentioned.
The No. three opened up about India’s mindset after the loss within the pink ball Check, the place they had been bowled out for 36.
“It was robust as a staff to simply accept that we had been bowled out for 36. After that we had a chat, all of us sat collectively after which we spoke as a staff we’ve to overlook and begin shifting on as early as attainable. One other constructive was that it was a pink-ball and now what we had been alleged to do will probably be with a crimson ball. A lot of the guys had performed in Australian up to now and we knew that it could be a distinct ball recreation altogether as a result of the Australian staff had that benefit of taking part in with pink balls in residence situations. They’d performed eight to 10 video games with pink balls and it was our first ever (pink ball match exterior India) recreation. So, that was constructive,”